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CyberStorm

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3.7616,138 votes • 1,428 reviews
Published 23 Mar 2013
CyberStorm.pdf
Format Paperback
Pages364
Edition9
Publisher PhutureNews Publishing
ISBN 0991677196
ISBN139780991677191
Languageeng



Sometimes the worst storms aren't caused by Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't in the ones in our heads...
Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world’s news networks. As the world and cyberworlds come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, becoming a wintry tomb where no one can be trusted, and nothing is what it seems...
CyberStorm is a techno-thriller set in present-day New York City that will appeal to fans of Michael Chichton and Tom Clancy as well as devotees of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. It is an exploration of the human condition as the cyberworld collides with our own, a compelling portrait of a possible future that is all too terrifyingly real.

"CyberStorm" Reviews

Alex
- Moscow, Russian Federation
5
Wed, 31 Jul 2013

This book has so much going for it on so many levels, I'm at a a loss where to start.
First off, it's a very well-written disaster story so if you love catastrophe flicks and novels, you'll absolutely love Cyberstorm. But that's not what's important. The author fills the book with so much love and understanding it raises the genre to a totally new level.
Basically, Cyberstorm answers one sole question: what would become of our minds and souls in case of a major catastrophe? How long can we preserve our spirit and neighborly feelings? I could tell almost immediately that the author drew much of his research and inspiration from the second-world-war disaster of the siege of Leningrad in 1941-1944. He portrays the frozen landscape of a major city devoid of heating, food, water, warm clothing, electricity, plumbing and communications and lets his characters show their best side.
Yes, this is what I loved about Cyberstorm - the heroes' courage and spirit. This is exactly what raises it above all other disaster stories. The book proved to be absolutely "unputdownable" - when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the heroes and their future. Definitely a genre milestone.

Laura
- The United States
5
Mon, 01 Apr 2013

I wrote a review on Amazon first, but wanted to make sure I shared it with all my friends here. This is a great book that will leave you thinking about what-if's for some time after you read it!
This is one of the most realistic near-future stories I have read, enough to instill a bit of paranoia! I highly recommend this.
It's an amazing story which focuses on a small group of friends who band together during one of the most unfortunate chain of catastrophic events. It will make everyday troubles seem inconsequential because there can always be much more at stake. You might find yourself stocking up on water, canned food, and batteries, maybe even a generator and fuel tank!
What would you do without your cell phone for a day? How about for a month? It might not be a big deal until you imagine perhaps no electricity, no heat, and no food or water, too. We are so connected these days, knowing almost instantly when something is happening on the other side of the world, what if you didn't know what was happening in your country, state, or even 10 miles away and not enough help seemed to be coming?
The author tells an amazingly and horrifyingly plausible tale of what could happen in just a month. The story is set at such a pace that you will want to take it slow and be a part of each moment to fully immerse yourself in the story. The characters are extremely well developed and you can easily relate to them. You might even start to notice these many things we take for granted. We've intertwined technology so much in our day to day life, would we be able to survive? I almost could feel the cold and hunger pains while I was reading. It won't necessarily be something as obvious as a nuclear warhead to start something like this.
And if you haven't yet read the author's other books, the Atopia Chronicles, I would highly recommend it, too. This book is necessary to read first, but it does gives a background to supply some of the motivations in Atopia. There are even references to a few of them at the end of this book.

Koreander
- Barakaldo, Spain
5
Mon, 08 Sep 2014

El terror es el hermano feo de la literatura fantástica. Incluso perteneciendo al género, en ocasiones se asemeja demasiado al thriller de corte más mainstream. Es quizás lo que le ocurre a ‘Cibertormenta’, la última novedad publicada dentro de la colección NOVA (Ediciones B) y escrita por el autor de ‘The Atopia Chronicles’ Matthew Mather. Aunque la premisa de la historia parte de un hecho ficticio, un gran ataque virtual a los pilares de Internet que sostienen los servicios y la infraestructura estadounidenses, lo cierto es que el gran acierto de la novela es el realismo que Mather le imprime a toda la trama. Eso y por supuesto las enormes dosis de tensión que arrastra durante toda la historia.
Vaya por delante que adoro este libro. Me encanta las novelas que atrapan y no te sueltan, y en el caso de ‘Cibertormenta’ hay que reconocer que me ha tenido preso a lo largo de sus 416 páginas (virtuales en mi caso). Comencé leyendo el fragmento gratuito sin excesivo entusiasmo, aunque me sedujo la forma de narrar y de aportar información del autor. Di el salto a la edición completa y cuando quise darme cuenta el domingo se me había esfumado. Así, sin más. Comencé a leerlo en la cama, a primera hora de la mañana, y ya apenas lo cerré hasta el momento de acostarme. Y si bien las explicaciones finales no están a la altura del resto del libro (yo creo que las hubiera suprimido), debo reconocer que Mather me ha tenido comiendo de su mano durante toda la novela.
¿Pero de qué va realmente el libro? Pues bien, si el ataque a la Red es el punto de partida, lo cierto es que la verdadera trama se centra en Mike Mitchell, un neoyorkino treintañero casado y con un hijo, cuya familia no atraviesa su mejor momento. Escrita en primera persona, al principio vemos cómo las preocupaciones del protagonista se centran en su difícil relación con los suegros o en sus sospechas sobre la posible infidelidad de su mujer. Los vecinos de su bloque, entre ellos el ‘preparadísimo’ y ‘paranoico’ Chuck y un gracioso aunque siniestro matrimonio de ancianos rusos, son su verdadero apoyo en estos difíciles momentos personales, y es precisamente esta sólida unión la que le permite sobrevivir cuando las cosas empiezan a torcerse de verdad.
Como en una novela apocalíptica más habitual, la cotidianeidad del autor empieza a verse alterada por pequeños acontecimientos que van desembocando en el caos absoluto del final. Internet cada vez va más lento y las comunicaciones se complican, de pronto las principales empresas de mensajería dejan de operar –y todo esto en los días previos a la Navidad– y… bueno, mejor que a partir de aquí sea el lector el que lo descubra.
Creo que ‘Cibertormenta’ es el libro para aquellos que adoran las historias apocalípticas pero ya no pueden leer una línea más sobre zombies (sospecho que, como los vampiros, han sido sobreexplotados en esta última década). Ya advertía al principio que la clave del libro tanto para generar suspense como para atrapar al lector es el realismo que imprime a las situaciones. Mather no utiliza la puerta chirriante ni la sombra amorfa de un monstruo para producirnos terror, si no la paranoia social aderezada con unos cuantos datos reales que son terriblemente ciertos. La sociedad es el monstruo. La sociedad y los millones de organismos egoístas que la componen.
El autor hace muy bien ese ejercicio de ponernos en una situación límite para preguntarnos: “Bueno santurrón, ¿pues qué harías tú si esto te ocurriera a ti?”, ya que sabe que nuestra respuesta, en el mejor de los casos, será el silencio. Mather nos hace temer al amable vecino al que dejamos nuestro hijo cuando tenemos que hacer un recado, porque en la lucha por la supervivencia todos son enemigos. Pero también habla de la esperanza y del esfuerzo colectivo por mantener una ilusión de sociedad incluso cuando todo se desmorona.
No solo eso. ‘Cibertormenta’ también nos consigue hace reflexionar sobre la tecnología y su uso, sobre los límites a la privacidad en Internet, y sobre la dependencia actual a estar permanentemente comunicados. Incluso cuando todo falla y las redes ya han caído, los teléfonos móviles siguen siendo vitales para mantener una apariencia de orden en la sociedad (fotografiando a aquellos que cometen un crimen, por ejemplo, funcionando como una simple linterna o incluso llevando en los smartphones pequeños manuales de supervivencia que los personajes se pasan unos a otros). Hay muchas imágenes realmente potentes en la historia por su credibilidad y patetismo. Una tiene que ver con el hecho de que al inicio del desastre, cuando no hay Internet ni luz, la única tienda saqueada que ven los protagonistas es una ‘Apple Store’, un sinsentido tan lógico que parece obligado. La otra es el esfuerzo que los neoyorkinos (véase los habitantes cualquier gran ciudad occidental) hacen por mantener cargados sus teléfonos –usando las baterías de los vehículos, por ejemplo– en una ciudad que se ha quedado a oscuras en el más absoluto de los sentidos. Hay muchos más enemigos, claro. La falta de alimento con el paso de las semanas en una ciudad que no produce comida, el frío intenso (y bajo cero) que asola Manhattan durante la cibertormenta, y sobre todo la rotura de ese espejismo que es pensar que todo el mundo es civilizado y bueno por naturaleza.
En definitiva, me faltan palabras para recomendaros ‘Cibertormenta’. La historia de Mike es lo bastante adictiva como para manteneros desconectados de la realidad durante todo un día. Doy fe. Como si una enorme tormenta os mantuviera aislados y al borde de la extinción, o peor, como si vuestro móvil de pronto se quedara sin batería, y no tuvieras vuestro cargador a mano.

Mike
2
Sat, 05 Apr 2014

Cyber attacks shut down Manhattan residents’ access to all forms of news and social media. In that setting, the author tells the story of unprepared New Yorkers battling the elements and each other to survive. This could have been the premise for a great book, but the author chose to make that subordinate to an even bigger catastrophe - the worst snow storm the island has ever seen.
If you suffered through the New York scenes in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow “– then you probably won’t find much new here. In that movie – global warming caused the world’s climate to change almost overnight and Jake Gyllenhal is trapped in a library as the city is buried in snow - except he survives by burning books and Dennis Quaid rescues him with a helicopter. If that movie started with a cyber attack and then the earth’s climate changed – it would be the same plot retold. Both that movie and this book moved at a quick pace and have a lot of familial problems mixed in. Both are centered on fathers trying to do whatever it takes to save their families. Both have some terribly convoluted plot twists. While I was reading this book, I read they were in fact going to make it into a movie. I suggest they hire Jake Gyllenhal to star and title the film “The Day Before the Day After Tomorrow”.

Benjaminivor
- Barrington, RI
2
Mon, 27 May 2013

Though there were some very interesting ideas here I think the character development and the writing were pretty painful. I think this might be an author overcompensating in cloying drama via story telling for what he seems to have available in strong research and concepts. Half of this book could have been news reports or journal entries and we would have gotten the same information without the crap. I worked hard to stick with it because I love the genre and I know some real interesting concepts are tucked in there, unfortunately the back and forth between the characters was so damn tedious I found myself wishing for more violent death. Generally, I don't appreciate stereotypical characters and I certainly don't like the prepared survivalist who just happens to have everything. It's a waste of good plot development and critical problem solving. Women don't always want to argue to give away supplies or avoid violence and men don't always want to save their own. If half of your characters are just vehicles for moral, political or technological arguments you've got a dumb ass supporting cast. Remove the characters stupid little lives and their ridiculous moralizing every other page and we'd have the makings of a good book.

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